What We Do

Pharmacy officers in the Commissioned Corps have the flexibility and freedom to pursue a diverse and fulfilling career. The daily responsibilities of pharmacy officers may include:

  • Delivering direct patient-care services in advanced practice settings
  • Approving and monitoring new drugs
  • Conducting biomedical and epidemiological research
  • Responding to public health emergencies—vaccinating patients, assisting hospitals, and coordinating with state and local officials
  • Developing and administering health care policy
  • Becoming health care leaders

In addition, pharmacy officers may have the opportunity to assist in public health responses to man-made and natural disasters and participate in rural health missions helping some of the neediest populations in the Nation. Pharmacy officers in the Commissioned Corps work throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and in other Federal agencies and programs. Below is a list of potential Federal agencies and programs where pharmacists have the greatest likelihood of finding an assignment – the order is based on the number of pharmacy officers presently assigned. See duty station map for more details.